Up to 175 textile workers are set to lose their jobs after Sara Lee Hosiery announced plans to cut excess capacity.

The North Carolina-based firm cited excess capacity on soft sales in the sheer-hosiery business and tough trading conditions for its decision which will affect positions in Winston-Salem and Rockingham.

The firm, a unit of Sara Lee Brand Apparel, supplies hosiery to various retailers and specialty stores in the US under banners including Hanes, Donna Karan Hosiery and DKNY Coverings.

"We sincerely regret the need to reduce staffing," said Howard Upchurch, president of Sara Lee Hosiery. "As more women favour casual lifestyle choices, our capacity exceeds our needs and, to remain competitive, adjustments are required."

He added the job cuts are not related to its corporate reorganisation and it will try and help the affected workers find other positions in the company or elsewhere.